Following our series of Photoshop Quick Tips, today we have a really nice tip from Cameron, a photographer and digital artist working at BOXeight Studio. Cameron will show us a really cool photo treatment that will give an edgy, surreal look and feel to a regular photo.

Step 1

Open the photo you want to appy the effect in Photoshop.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 2

Duplicate Background Layer.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 3

Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation (CTRL/CMD+U). Use -60 for the Saturation.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 4

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map. Use Black and White for the colors and change the Blend Mode to Soft light.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 5

Select the Brush Tool (B) and use a Hard Edged brush at 30% opacity and paint some light back into the iris by just painting over the layer mask of the adjustment layer.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 6

Create a new layer and fill with 50% gray and set the Blend Mode to overlay. Also use Dodge Tool to bring out eyes. Use Midtones and 60% exposure then repeat steps 5 & 6 except use a smaller brush and focus on more detailed areas to bring out.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 7

Create a new gradient fill layer and set to angle gradient. invert layer mask and paint the iris. Set Blend Mode to Color. Opacity: 50%

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 8

Apply image to a new layer Ctrl/Cmd + shift + alt/opt + e. Set to Overlay the Blend Mode, then go to Filter>Other>High Pass with a radius of 5.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Conclusion

Here's the final result. You can use different colors or even add some glow, now it's up to you.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Download the PSD file

Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial.

About the author of this post

My name is Cameron Rad and I am a graphic designer and photographer from Los Angeles, CA. I first started designing by just photoshopping dirt bikes. I wanted to see what they would look like before I bought parts for them. It grew ever since.